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Samsung Laptop(SOLVED)
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:11:02 pm »
Hello peppermint people. I'm wondering if anyone has Samsung laptop experience. I just received a Samsung NP300E4A laptop with Windows 10 installed on it and I am trying to get into bios to turn off legacy mode and set this thing up to install Peppermint. This thing boots up directly into windows, no splash screen or anything else.  Holding down F2 or F12 or F4 or esc do nothing. Any suggestions?
« Last Edit: April 23, 2018, 08:46:40 pm by alynur »

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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2018, 07:19:31 pm »
Hi alynur, how's going mate  ;)?  Have you tried holding down the F10 key immediately after you turn on the laptop?
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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2018, 09:06:02 pm »
Hi alynur, how's going mate  ;)?  Have you tried holding down the F10 key immediately after you turn on the laptop?

Hi Andy, actually one person mentioned the F4 key as a way of resetting and after trying the F10 key with no luck, I tried the F4 key again and this time it put me into the bios settings where legacy was already enabled and secure boot disabled. So that parts good, now I just have to get it to boot into the boot menu. I'm beginning to think this keyboad is having a hard time of it being 6 years old. And I asked for a Dell, you can't trust anybody down here.  :)

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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2018, 07:18:43 am »
IIRC Samsungs usually have either Esc, F10, or F12 set as the boot device selection key .. but you might have to disable "Fast BIOS Mode" in the BIOS first.
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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2018, 10:02:21 am »
Now I'm convinced it's a keyboard issue. As I mentioned, none of the F keys do anything and the F4 key worked once but not again. Could this be a need to unplug the keyboard and plug it back in like we do with ram memory? I guess I'll have to investigate dismantling this laptop

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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2018, 10:30:00 am »
If you can get into the BIOS, can't you just change the boot order in there, putting USB as the first boot device ?
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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2018, 12:24:40 pm »
If you can get into the BIOS, can't you just change the boot order in there, putting USB as the first boot device ?

I can't get into the bios.

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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2018, 12:32:05 pm »
According to the manual
http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201409/20140901120906140/Win8_Manual_eng.pdf
(page 74)

Stabbing away at F2 immediately after turn on should get you into the BIOS



And the Samsung NP350 definitely has the boot evice selection key set to F10
http://boot-keys.org/notebook/samsung/np350v5c/

I'd have expected the NP300 to be the same, so if neither of those are working.....

Might be worth trying the old trick of

a) shut down laptop
b) remove all power (brick and batery)
c) hit and hold the power button for a few seconds to discharge any power remaining in capacitors.
d) add the battery and brick back
e) power on and see if the keyds now work.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2018, 12:42:31 pm by PCNetSpec »
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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2018, 04:24:33 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec, I tried this trick but it didn't work. I have a new keyboard on order so I'll just wait until I can change it out and see if that takes care of it. I tried unplugging it but that didn't do any good either. Incidentally, to unplug it I damn near had to replace it, what a pain! I see why you recommend Dells.

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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2018, 06:54:10 pm »
I see why you recommend Dells.

Only "some" Dells, they make rubbish ones too ;)

Good luck with your new keyboard.
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Re: Samsung Laptop
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2018, 08:45:26 pm »
Got it, F keys now working! As PCNetSpec mentioned, I had to turn off Fast Boot. Since I couldn't get into bios settings, I went to TomsHardware for help, used to go there a lot when I was using Windows. This is their instructions on how to do it.

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To Turn On or Off Fast Startup in System Settings...

1. Go to 'Control Panel' and click on the "Power Options icon".
2. Click "Choose what the power buttons do" on the left side.
3. Click "Change settings that are currently unavailable".
4. If prompted by UAC (User Account Control), click "Yes".
5. Do step 6 or step 7 below for what you would like to do.

6. To Turn On Fast Startup.
6a. Under "Shutdown settings", check the "Turn on fast startup box", click "Save changes", and go to step 8 below.

7. To Turn Off Fast Startup.
7a. Under "Shutdown settings", uncheck the "Turn on fast startup box", click "Save changes", and go to step 8 below.


And of course in Windows 10 there is no obvious "Control Panel" I had to Google that. I just had to do a search for Control Panel, then search for Power Options and the rest was right there. So now I need to be pointed in the right direction for connecting Wifi while in live session or is that even possible? Anyway, now I know I can dump windows, I think I'll do a dual boot first to get this Wifi problem out of the way since that will be the main internet connection.

edit-got that too, things are looking good.  :)
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Re: Samsung Laptop(SOLVED)
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2018, 10:44:56 pm »
Just click the network manager icon in the system tray (by the clock), select your network, and enter your wireless key when prompted.
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